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Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome

Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome

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"Wise and witty."--Publishers Weekly

"A charming story well told."--Kirkus Reviews

"Smart, funny, charming . . . full of astute insights into the way Italy works."--Alexander Stille

"A wonderfully fun read."--Dr. Robert Sapolsky

As funny as it is poignant. A must read for anyone who thinks they understand medicine, Italy, or humanity."--Barbie Latza Nadeau

After completing her medical training in New York, Susan Levenstein set off for a one year adventure in Rome. Forty years later, she is still practicing medicine in the Eternal City. In Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome Levenstein writes, with love and exasperation, about navigating her career through the renowned Italian tangle of brilliance and ineptitude, sexism and tolerance, rigidity and chaos.

Part memoir--starting with her epic quest for an Italian medical license--and part portrait of Italy from a unique point of view, Dottoressa is packed with vignettes that illuminate the national differences in character, lifestyle, health, and health care between her two countries. Levenstein, who has been called "the wittiest internist on earth," covers everything from hookup culture to neighborhood madmen, Italian hands-off medical training, bidets, the ironies of expatriation, and why Italians always pay their doctor's bills.

Author: Susan Levenstein
Publisher: Paul Dry Books
Published: 05/21/2019
Pages: 270
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.40w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781589881396

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/14/2019
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2019

About the Author
Susan Levenstein has been practicing primary care internal medicine in Italy for four decades, treating an international clientele that's featured ambassadors and auto mechanics, millionaires and maids, poets and priests. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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